Saturday 20 January 2018 / 12:45 AM

A-LEAGUE ROUND 8 WRAP

Some big winning margins and red cards galore were the feature points from Round 8 of the A-League over the weekend. Commentary Box Sports brings you all you need to know.

Jets bag four against Victory

After going down early, the Newcastle Jets made the most of playing a 10-man Victory side to run riot in a 4-1 win on Thursday night.

A glorious volley from the top of the box saw Kosta Barbarouses open the scoring after just five minutes, but a short time later Daniel Georgievski squared it up again with a rocket past Lawrence Thomas, who would be called into action for a brilliant save minutes later. The Victory’s Mark Milligan was shown red for an ugly off-the-ball incident on the half hour, in what turned out to be the turning point of the match. Andrew Nabbout gave Newcastle the lead before the break, before the Jets’ dominance eventually resulted in further goals to Joseph Champness and Nabbout.

Glory secure elusive away win

The Perth Glory rode their luck at times to put away Melbourne City for a rare away victory at AAMI Park, leaving them teetering on the edge of the A-League’s top four.

A long run down the flank from 16-year-old Jacob Italiano set Perth up with positioning for the first goal via Mitch Nichols, but by the 30-minute mark scores were even after Scottish sensation Ross McCormack slammed home a brilliant free kick from outside the box.

A controversial VAR-assisted penalty was awarded to Perth late in the first half, with salt rubbed into the City wounds when Osama Malik was also shown a red for the studs-up challenge, and Xavi Torres gave Perth the lead from the ensuing penalty. A late goal from sub Mitchell Mallia put the result beyond doubt, ending Perth’s seven-match away losing streak.

Mariners power past sloppy Nix

The Mariners embarrassed Wellington at home with a free-flowing 4-1 victory which leaves them inside the top six after eight weeks.

Some early heroics from stand-in Phoenix keeper Lewis Italiano kept the match scoreless through the opening half hour, but he was helpless to stop a Andrija Kaluderovic own goal to give Central Coast a 1-0 lead at the break. The Mariners were well in control by midway through the second period, and scored further goals to Daniel De Silva, who was arguably Central Coast’s best player, and Andrew Hoole either side of the hour. Dario Vidosic pegged one back to give Wellington some hope, but it was to no avail and the Central Coast put an exclamation mark on the victory with a fourth to Trent Buhagiar late in the piece.

Slick Sydney make easy work of Roar

A couple of early goals set Sydney up for a comfortable victory over a sluggish Brisbane Roar to remain top of the A-League ladder.

A clever link up between veteran pairing Matt Simon and David Carney gave Sydney their first before the match was even 10 minutes old, and a short time later a fortuitous hand ball call inside the box saw Adrian Mierzejewski smash home a penalty to double the advantage. Brisbane were looking deflated, and led by Josh Brillante Sydney were taking full advantage to boss possession. The Roar altered their tactics at the break to go all-out attack, but it produced no results. Both sides played the final 15 minutes with 10 men after Simon and Avraam Papadopoulos were sent from the field, before Sebastian Ryall and Jack Hingert trade late goals to finish the match.

Kitto brace sees United past Wanderers

For the second week in a row Adelaide midfielder Ryan Kitto was the difference for his team, netting either side of half-time to beat Western Sydney 2-0.

A dour first half saw Western Sydney denied a penalty shout inside the first quarter of an hour, but the Wanderers dodged a bullet of their own when United’s Papa Baba Diawara missed a penalty a few minutes later. Kitto netted in the first minute of added time to give Adelaide the lead at the break, before Spanish striker Oriol Riera hit a header off the bar early in the second. But the result was put beyond doubt just after the hour when Nikola Mileusnic rounded Wanderers keeper Vedran Janjetovic and Kitto drove his second home.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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